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Related Regions: Via Lattea, Southern Alps, France, Hautes-Alpes, Europe Overall, The Milky Way, Briançonnais

Elevation

  • 8858ft
    Summit
  • 2756ft
    Vertical Drop
  • 6102ft
    Base

Lifts

  • 3
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 13
  • 0
  • 2
  • 7
  • 25
    Total

Terrain

  • Beginner Runs

    19%

  • Intermediate Runs

    27%

  • Advanced Runs

    33%

  • Expert Runs

    21%

  • Runs

    48

  • mi Pistes

    61.5 mi

  • Terrain Parks

    2

  • Longest Run

    3.1 mi

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Overview

Family friendly, budget friendly and with a decent range of mixed ability terrain, Montgenèvre forms part of the extensive Milky Way circuit. 

It’s the only French resort out of six resorts that are linked together via the ViaLattea circuit and is connected to the villages of Sestriere, Sansicario and Sauze D’Oulx in Italy.  A cheap day extension gives piste-hungry skiers access to 400km of slopes in the Milky Way.

The village sits at an altitude of over 1800m, on a minor pass, and is perfectly positioned to get snow from all directions – it therefore benefits from excellent snow cover. Snow-canons also now cover 55 per cent of the mountain, including most lower slopes.

There is skiing on both sides of the mountain. On the north-facing Les Gondrans you’ll find nursery slopes, with a dedicated beginner’s area, and the south-facing slopes of Le Chalvet are just behind the village. From Les Gondrans, you can access the on-piste link to Claviere and the rest of the Milky Way. Le Chalvet is a small mountain which the locals flock to.  

The village itself is traditional yet modern, convenient and compact and accommodation is centrally located.  There are a variety of lodging options available, from quite sweet boutique hotels to more fashionable hotels and upmarket self-catered apartments.  Many of these new lodgings have direct ski-in-ski-out access making them brilliant bases for families with tired little skiers.  Several bars, restaurants and shops line the village’s main road and ski equipment hire shops are very good too.

Alpine forests surround the village making it look particularly attractive when covered in snow and the locals are very friendly.  Non-skiing activities include sleigh rides, snowmobiling, and snow-shoeing.  But for those in search of something more thrilling, heliskiing in the neighbouring resort of Sauze D'Oulx can also be arranged.

Apres ski is quiet and the evenings offer a relaxed and calm atmosphere, ideally suited to those looking for a laid back atmosphere.

Montgenèvre has a total of 59 slopes, covering 100km of pistes and served by 38 lifts. Of the pistes, 25 are beginner runs, 23 are intermediate runs and 11 are advanced runs. The ski resort has several runs of decent length, the longest being 7km.

Beginners

Piste-wise the resort is perfect for beginners who are in their element with a wide selection of easy green runs from the top of Les Gondrans all the way back down to the village. There’s a wonderful nursery slope at the foot of Les Gondrans complete with magic carpet. Crowds are not an issue making Montgenèvre an excellent resort to learn in.  Once beginners have practised their turns they should head to sunny Le Chalvet which has the long gentle Phare blue run.

Intermediates

Intermediate skiers can take advantage of nicely varied blues and reds above and below the tree line and even more cruisers in the vast Milky Way area. The overclassified blacks (in the Chalvet sector) are perfect for confident intermediates, and there are some nice reds – such as the narrow wooded runs to Claviere from Pian del Sole, and from Colletto Verde back towards Montgenèvre. Popular descents include the runs down from Les Anges and Le Querelay.

The terrain is diverse with open bowls and long groomed runs and intermediate skiers can confidently explore the whole resort. Shy intermediates have some excellent long runs on which to build confidence on both the Gondrans and Chalvet areas.

To access some fast reds and wide blues, hop aboard the Chalmettes cable car lift.  From there, take the green La Crete to the Col Des Gondrans ski area. They all lead back to the foot of the two main lifts; Les Gondrans and Observatoire.

Experts

Montgenèvre is better geared towards advanced skiers and snowboarders who enjoy freeriding more than downhill skiing, as the marked terrain isn't the steepest. That being said, there are some decent red runs to carve and cruise.For exciting off-piste descents and bumps, head to the virtually untouched powder in the Col de l'Alpet area. Rocher de l'Aigle offers the most challenging descent and backcountry guides from nearby La Grave and Serre Chevalier regularly bring their clients here.

Important Dates

  • Projected OpeningProjected Closing12/05/201904/25/2020
  • Years Open
    112

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Montgenèvre has a total of 59 slopes, covering 100km of pistes and served by 38 lifts. Of the pistes, 25 are beginner runs, 23 are intermediate runs and 11 are advanced runs. The ski resort has several runs of decent length, the longest being 7km.

Beginners

Piste-wise the resort is perfect for beginners who are in their element with a wide selection of easy green runs from the top of Les Gondrans all the way back down to the village. There’s a wonderful nursery slope at the foot of Les Gondrans complete with magic carpet. Crowds are not an issue making Montgenèvre an excellent resort to learn in.  Once beginners have practised their turns they should head to sunny Le Chalvet which has the long gentle Phare blue run.

Intermediates

Intermediate skiers can take advantage of nicely varied blues and reds above and below the tree line and even more cruisers in the vast Milky Way area. The overclassified blacks (in the Chalvet sector) are perfect for confident intermediates, and there are some nice reds – such as the narrow wooded runs to Claviere from Pian del Sole, and from Colletto Verde back towards Montgenèvre. Popular descents include the runs down from Les Anges and Le Querelay.

The terrain is diverse with open bowls and long groomed runs and intermediate skiers can confidently explore the whole resort. Shy intermediates have some excellent long runs on which to build confidence on both the Gondrans and Chalvet areas.

To access some fast reds and wide blues, hop aboard the Chalmettes cable car lift.  From there, take the green La Crete to the Col Des Gondrans ski area. They all lead back to the foot of the two main lifts; Les Gondrans and Observatoire.

Experts

Montgenèvre is better geared towards advanced skiers and snowboarders who enjoy freeriding more than downhill skiing, as the marked terrain isn't the steepest. That being said, there are some decent red runs to carve and cruise.For exciting off-piste descents and bumps, head to the virtually untouched powder in the Col de l'Alpet area. Rocher de l'Aigle offers the most challenging descent and backcountry guides from nearby La Grave and Serre Chevalier regularly bring their clients here.

There are three ski schools and while beginners are cruising down the green runs, more advanced skiers can access the wide variety of terrain on and off-piste. The terrific beginner area has the Mini-club Les Marmottes and a snow garden for young children. There is also a childcare centre and Le Chalvet has a play area up the gondola.

Montgenèvre is a quiet family village with original Alpine charm. Most people eat in the village and there’s an adequate selection of a dozen or so restaurants. The food, being Italian, is generally good and is reasonably priced.

For something posh, head to Table Blanche at the Hotel Le Chalet Blanc which has superb views of the mountains.The menus are crafted by a gourmet team who prepare seasonal dishes using local ingredients. Staff are very accommodating and are happy to make off-menu dishes.

One restaurant which comes highly recommended is Kilt restaurant, a pizzeria/pasta/meat joint. Go for lunch and you won’t be disappointed.

Le Jamy is good for upmarket dining. The menu is small but worthwhile. Try the beef bourguignon or the pigeon and boar steak. Puddings are on point – choose from chocolate mousse, profiteroles and creme brûlée.
Thoroughly enjoyable family meal with excellent service..

Choose from burgers, omelettes and a wide range of salads at cosy café/restaurant Le Graal. Staff are fun and the food which comes in big portions gets top marks. Le Graff also puts on themed nights and has jazz nights for the 2015/2016 season.

Annoyingly, restaurants aren’t marked on the piste map but there’s an abundance of choice and you may well find your own secret spot!

On the mountain, we quite like the stylish “Restaurant “D’ altitude”.  Located on the Col des Gondrans you can enjoy one of their signature French dishes, or a classic burger and chips with beer. Speedy service, friendly waiters and top quality food.

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Montgenèvre Reviews

Patrick Greenall
14th April 20195
Good variety might be limited if an expert skier. But on saying this we did not have access to adjacent resort as...Full review
Nick Riggott
13th November 20174
Been coming here for 3 years, with a group of friends with kids all at various learning stages, and we love it....Full review
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